Monday, September 10, 2018
UNC and 'Silent Sam'-- Part 2: 'Died On the Field Of Honor'
UNC Chancellor Carol Folt is hoping that people will be able to see that there is a difference between people who see the statue as a memorial to fallen ancestors and those who push white supremacy.
The pedestal from which "Silent Sam" stood for over a century is empty and surrounded by metal crowd control fences. You can see where it fell headfirst to the ground and crashed through the barrier.
For awhile, a bouquet of flowers sat inside the barriers with a card inscribed to "James J. Cherry," one of the Confederate Roanoke Minute Men and a member of the University of North Carolina Class of 1862 who "died on the field of honor." This is what a Confederate statue means to me.
The Statue Honored UNC Graduates, Students and Professors. --Old Secesh